I promised an even faster Maple Leaf Table Runner, and here it is. This time you will only need three Maple Leaf Blocks in different colors plus some large squares of an autumn print. This runner uses 9-inch finished size blocks. The finished size is approximately 11-1/4 x 47 inches.
Here is what you will need for this runner.
Background for each block
Two 4-inch squares
One 3-1/2 inch square
One 5-inch square
Border amount – about three width of fabric strips, 2 inches wide.
For each color –
Two 4-inch squares
Three 3-1/2-inch squares
One strip 7-inches long by 1-inch wide
Two 9-1/2-inch squares
binding – about three width of fabric strips, 2-1/2 inches wide
Assembling the Maple Leaves is easy. Make your half square triangles with the 4-inch squares. Use the five inch background square and the long strip of color fabric to make the stem.
Square up all the units to 3-1/2 inches.
Try to cross the points right at the point where the seam lines make an X. I could have gotten this one a little better. Perfect points are made when all three sewing lines cross at exactly the same point.
Assemble the leaf block in rows, pressing the seams alternating so they will nest together.
Square up the leaf blocks to 9-1/2 inches. Now you will have three leaf blocks and two print blocks.
Place the leaves and autumn prints alternating in a row, varying the direction of the stems.
Add a border of background fabric. I used a 2-inch wide border.
Quilt as desired. I quilted both these runners at once using a pantograph called Luscious Leaves.
Again on this runner, I used a straight-of-grain binding on this runner as it will not get a lot of stress on the edges, and it saved fabric. Cut the binding 2-1/2 inches wide, join pieces as needed to get the total length you need. See my tutorial on Binding a Quilt for specific directions on joining pieces, attaching to the quilt, and making perfect corners. The binding is in the same print, and creates a nice frame around the runner.
I display it on the small library table in the kitchen with a few items that only come out in the fall season. The cookbook is called Celebrate Autumn by Gooseberry Patch. I have a lot of those books. The pumpkin plate is so cute, and the crackle glass candle holder has an autumn scent candle.
Click on Maple Leaf Table Runner to see the tutorial for the five leaf design and more detail on assembling the Maple Leaf block.
Now, off to bake some pumpkin bread!
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